Welcome! This topic guide is primarily for PCA 202: Introduction to Art History but also may be of interest to other Butler University courses, students, alums, or affiliated individuals.
This topic guide contains a selection of materials from the department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives at Butler University. The selection exhibits a variety of mediums, purposes, and time periods.
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PCA 202: Introduction to Art History encourages the examination of art through the perspectives of different mediums, purposes of forms and objects, and historical context. The department of Special Collections, Rare Books, and University Archives at Butler University contains a wide variety of materials to help in this examination. The following pages contain a selection of materials of various mediums, purposes, and time periods that provide a visual exploration of the ideas taught in this course. The formats of the selected materials include books, manuscripts, maps, posters, and prints.
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PCA 202 Course Description
Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. The course introduces art through formal elements, medium, historical context, and themes. Students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society, economy, gender and racial identities, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include painting, sculpture, architecture, design, printmaking, photography, among others. The course also incorporates mandatory assignments and activities related to a local museum, for example, the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
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